The Hurley School

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Meet The Teachers

The Hurley takes great pride in its teachers, all of whom bring valuable expertise, dedication, and a love of children. At the Hurley, teachers work in teams in many areas: by grade, by subject matter, and by area of focus. Hurley teachers view themselves as part of a learning community, and regularly share feedback, best practices, and teaching innovations.

updated: 9 months ago

Maritza Martinez in garden

Maritza Martinez

K1

I was born in Puerto Rico. I completed my bachelor's degree in elementary education at State University of New York and my master's degree in ESL at Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico. One of my passions, besides gardening and walking on the beach, is to teach kids how to read. I am an Orton-Gillingham licensed reading specialist.

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Nancy McNeal

Nancy McNeal

K0/K1

I’ve been the K0/K1 teacher at the Hurley K-8 for 16 years. I enjoy helping my students learn and grow. I went to West Chester University for my undergraduate and Boston University for my master’s in special education. My favorite thing is to support the students’ academic, social and language skills by providing activities that engage all of their senses. “Children are the future. Believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - unknown

updated: 9 months ago

Diane Bourbeau

Diane Bourbeau

K2

I was born and raised in a small town in western MA called East Longmeadow. After graduating from Lasell College in Newton, I moved out to the Boston area and have since lived here. I started working at the Hurley School in 2007, before it was a K-8 school! I am the English teacher on the K2 team and love every minute of it. I love all things sports and I'm a diehard Red Sox fan! I have played softball my whole life and also play women's football. A fun fact about me is that I love to sing, so much so, that I am actually the lead singer in a band!

updated: 6 months ago

Ingrid Morales

Mariana Sanchez

K2 Spanish

I went to school at the University of Arizona and Boston College. I love to teach writing. A fun fact is that I have an identical twin sister.

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Ingrid Morales

Ingrid Morales

STEM/STEAM K-3

Being a teacher is the best job. The STEM/STEAM class is fun and interesting. The students use their imagination to design, build and explore. Teaching at the Hurley is unique because I teach in both English and Spanish. I'm very proud to be bilingual and I think that Spanish is the most beautiful language in the world. When I am not teaching, I love to dance, exercise, read and write in my journal.
One of my favorite quotes is from Julia Alvarez;
"I miss them Mami. All those words I had to leave behind. Also, words that in English didn't carry the same feeling" ~Julia Álvarez

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 Ana Soto with students in the rain

Ana Soto

1st grade

I am part of the 1st grade team. I’m the coach and coordinator for our Sole Train team (4th-8thgrade) I got my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Elementary Education from Northeastern University, and a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College (now Simmons University). My favorite things to teach are the literacy units Ms. Colón and I created a few years ago. I really enjoy teaching about the biomes, habitats and animals, especially since we get to bring in skulls and bones for students to observe some of the animals we read about in class. My favorite quote is "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" ~Albus Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling.

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Diana Colón

First grade

I’m part of the 1st grade team. I coach our 6-8th grade soccer team, and 4th-8th grade SoleTrain team. I attended Boston College and Boston University but my home is Puerto Rico. I’m a true believer that a smile and a hug can change the world.

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Erin Abbott with family at an outdoor sporting event

Erin Abbott

2nd grade English

My favorite subject to teach is math. And I’m fluent in Spanglish

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Erica Moen

Grade 2 Spanish

I got my undergraduate degree at Wellesley College and my Master’s degree in Education at Boston College, My favorite subject to teach is Math. I learned Spanish as an adult, when living in Venezuela

updated: 9 months ago

Mariam Gorbea Ramy in front of a wall

Mariam Gorbea Ramy

3rd grade Spanish

I went to school from Pre-K to 12th grade in Puerto Rico. I then got my Bachelor's and Master’s degree from Boston College (Double Eagle Woot Woot). My favorite subject to teach is Social Studies because it a giant story full of grandiose and interesting adventures. Fun fact: I have seen all the Star War movies at least 5 times.

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Mrs Beloff

Beth Beloff

3rd Grade English

aka “Mrs. B”. I teach Grade 3 English. I studied at the University of Maryland (GO TERPS!) and Rhode Island College. I love to teach social studies. My favorite quotes is “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

updated: 9 months ago

Selfie of Jennifer Muhammad

Jennifer Muhammad

Fourth grade

I began teaching 4th grade at the Hurley in 2001. I teach reading, writing, math, and social studies in English. I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2000 with a sociology degree and received my graduate degree from Tufts in education. I’m most passionate about teaching writing, but I love teaching all subjects because it allows me to get to know students in different ways. Fun fact: my husband proposed to me in my classroom, room 201, the last day before winter vacation in 2009...in front of all of my students and a crowd of Hurley onlookers that had accumulated as word spread like wildfire. A parent showed up that afternoon with a bottle of champagne! The Hurley is my second home.

updated: 9 months ago

portrait of Leah Kaye

Leah Kaye

5th Grade Spanish

I graduated from Boston College. I love teaching math.One of my favorite memories was hiking the Inca Trail in Peru and finally reaching the Sun Gate and seeing Machu Picchu in the distance!

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Helen Sullivan and Mrs P with bicycle helmets

Helen Sullivan

6th grade, ELA/Social Studies

I am the 6th grade, ELA/Social Studies teacher. I also coach our 6th-8th grade Debate team and soccer team. I have my Master’s degree from Harvard University. I rode my bike across the United States with Ms. P :)

updated: 9 months ago

photo of nbspRebecca Poswolsky and Helen Sullivan posing with soccer balls

Rebecca Poswolsky

7th and 8th grade Humanities

aka Ms. P. I teach 7th and 8th grade Humanities in both English and Spanish. I coach Debate League and Soccer. I went to school at UMASS Amherst and Lesley University.I love to teach writing-both conveying ideas about how to change the world we live in and self-expression. A fun fact is that Ms. Sullivan and I were co-captains of our high school soccer team.

updated: 9 months ago

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Shannon Valencia

Special Education

I am part of our Special Education team, grades K-8 (we take them all). I went to Elementary and High school in California.  I got my bachelor's degree at Suffolk University and my Masters at Lesley. My favorite thing to teach is phonics and I love supporting the Middle school teachers with the class novels. I own over 100 copies of Alice in Wonderland. My favorite quote is "The best way to explain it is to do it" from Alice in Wonderland"La mejor manera, para explicarlo es hacerlo"

updated: 9 months ago

Lisa Lavin outdoors

Lisa Lavin

I am part of the administrative team. I have been teaching for over twenty years, the last ten within the Boston Public School system. I was trained as a Reading Recovery teacher through Lesley University and that is when my love for Literacy Instruction fully developed. My first language is Portuguese, though I only tend to use it now when I am with my family, which is not often enough! I have two children ages 4 and 3, Eleanor and Theo respectively. While I am not teaching or mommy-ing, I love to be in nature, travel, cook, read, spend time with family and friends, and watch anything that makes me laugh!

updated: 9 months ago

Karen Gonzalez with son

Karen Gonzalez

Administration

I am part of the administrative team as the Director of Family and Community Engagement. I also help support our 8th graders, as they plan their next steps. I’m an ex-alum of BLS and UMASS Amherst. A fun fact about me is I love owls, I have an ever growing collection in my office.

updated: 9 months ago

Sarah Zrike with students receiving awards

Sara Zrike

Administration

I am part of the Administrative team, as the Teacher Leader in charge of assessments, and operational logistics. I received my undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and my master’s degree from Tufts. I enjoy teaching reading. I have such wonderful memories of all my time with Hurley students on overnight field trips - cooking, hiking, playing gaga ball, and telling ghost stories

updated: 9 months ago

Nora Hassan

Nora Hassan

Special Education

I am one of the special education teachers at the Hurley.  I work with students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Throughout my years in Boston Public Schools, in addition to providing special education supports and helping students to acquire English and Spanish, I have taught kindergarten, 3rd grade, music, drama, and visual arts.  I attended Wheaton College in Norton, MA for undergraduate studies in Theater and Dramatic Literature. And earned a Master of Arts degree in Theater Education from Emerson College in Boston, as well as a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education from UMASS Boston. I love math and I’m always looking for creative ways to integrate the arts across all subjects.  I live on the South Shore with my magician husband, Malik, and our rock star 5 year-old daughter, Maya. If there is a song to be sung or a dance to be danced, I’m your lady!My favorite quote is: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

updated: 9 months ago

Chanel Scott

Chanel Scott, BSN, RN

School Nurse

I went to Northeastern University. I am a foodie and I love exploring all of Boston’s restaurants.

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Yolanda Davila Cohen

Occupational Therapy

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Wilma Marrero Crespo

7th and 8th Grade

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Karen Rodriguez

Speech and Language Therapy

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Matthew McLaughlin

Art

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Brian Gaines

Science 3rd-6th

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Louis Diaz

4th Grade

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Maria “Margot” Johnson

5th Grade

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Lindsay Thornquist

6th Grade

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Lawrence Muhammad

Physical Education

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